What Run Oregon is Trying: RunPhones and two Ogres Running Hydration Belt

912G5ZI9IRL._SL1500_ Company: RunPhones Product: RunPhones Classic & RunPhones Wireless Price: $39.95 & $99.95 Description:

"RunPhones headphones are the world’s most secure headphones for running and exercising. The product’s innovative, over the ear design features ultra-slim headphones embedded inside of a sporty, moisture-wicking, machine-washable headband. Ambient noise filters through the band, allowing you to stay in tune with your surroundings. Unlike ear buds, RunPhones stay put, letting you focus on your workout, not on managing your headphones. Simply plug in and rock out to your favorite music."  

Abby’s Impressions: I was really psyched to receive these as I have always had a difficult time finding earbuds that fit since I have small ear canals and typically gravitate towards pairs that fit in and around the ear. The fact that these are designed to rest against your ear was intriguing to me. The design is a cool idea, which is a moisture-wicking headband made of what exactly, I cannot tell you (editors note: 95% Polyester and 5% Spandex). Regardless, the idea of a headband made to keep your ears warm + built in headphones = a novel concept.

I decided to try these out right before I was to meet for a group run. I often procrastinate when it comes to getting my gear together, so I tend to run around my home as if I were conducting a fire drill. I will say that I keep my gear in one of two areas, so at least I know where to look for things that I want. I didn’t get the RunPhones ready to go, other than simply removing them from the package before said run. Mistake. I didn’t realize that I would have to adjust the little ear phones inside of the headband in order for them to sit on my head where my ears are and not on my forehead or temple. Moving those suckers around is not a quick task and cost me about 7 minutes and made me late. Hence, is why I outlined the fact that they are fully adjustable in the bullet points below. Lesson learned.

When I did get them ready to run with, they worked well. The sound quality was pretty good, but probably not “superior” as the company claims. I did like the fact that I could hear cars and other pedestrian traffic around me, which made them suitable to wear on an urban road, approaching dusk. I don’t suggest wearing headphones in the dark, solo or in a group as safety should always be the utmost of importance. I did remove my headphones as it became dark, as to practice what I preach.

The band did slip down a bit about 30 minutes into my run, which could have been the fact I was sweating a lot. The cord comes out the back of the headphone which was fine and allowed me to wrap it around my phone prior to putting it into my running belt. I do have to be honest and admit I am a regular wearer of wireless headphones. It took some getting used to wearing headphones with a cord again, but it wasn’t annoying. All that to say, I think these headphones are a great idea but probably wouldn’t be something I would use on a regular basis, but in a pinch if I can’t find my “regular” headphones.

  • Superior sound quality
  • Eco-friendly, lead-free electronics
  • Four-foot braided fabric cord
  • Compatible with any device with a standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Speakers are fully adjustable to suit your unique head shape
  • Removable speakers allows you the ability to wash your headband
  • Choose from 8 vibrant colors
  • Weighs 2.1 ounces
  • Available in small, medium and large sizes
  • All RunPhones are backed by a one-year guarantee

Kelly’s Impressions: I tried out the RunPhones Wireless as well, which use Bluetooth to give you tunes without the cord. I must say, the wireless RunPhones were pretty cool. Unlike Abby, I don’t have “regular headphones” because I have tiny little ears. So tiny that I’ve yet to find earbuds I can wear for more than 20 minutes before they start to be uncomfortable. Anyway, the wireless version was basically running in a headband to keep my hair off my face, with music magically playing near my ears.

A few notes: if you get RunPhones Wireless, be sure to plug them in so they are fully charged before you try to set them up. Once they are charged, it takes just a second to connect them to your device — similar to pairing to a vehicle, if you’ve done that — and then voila! Music, without the cord.

I’m not sure how these will work in the summer; they might be too hot. But I’m going to keep them as part of my regular running gear because I can catch up on podcasts while running, without the volume blocking out street noise that I rely on to help me stay aware of my surroundings.

two Ogres

Company: two Ogres
Product: Running Hydration Belt
Price: $19.95 $ 29.95 on sale now!

Description:

“Don’t worry about where to stash your keys and phone, or how to stay hydrated during your next run… We got you covered, enjoy your run!

With the light weight hydration belt from two Ogres, make sure you stay hydrated and entertained during your run. Now you can carry along your iPhone 6 / 6s Plus, and listen to some tunes via the headphone cord opening while you are running. We also included an interior pocket for your ID and a strap for your keys.”

Abby’s Impressions:

This is the second water belt I have tried in the last four years. I typically haven’t had the need to carry one because I tend to run between 4-8 miles at any given time. However, with my third half marathon coming up in April and my desire to increase my mileage exponentially, I have decided I should start wearing one when I train. I’m a pretty picky person about how a hydration belt should feel–it cannot bounce around at all, nor should it rise up on my hips when running. That seems like a pretty easy request to fulfill but let me tell you, if you haven’t used a water belt before, it isn’t. What I like about the two Ogres belt is the fact that it is fully adjustable to your waist unlike some brands that run sizing in S-L. The belts that are specifically sized to your waist can be a real pain if you lose even just the slightest amount weight or increase the amount of layers you wear while running. A bonus of the adjustable belt is the fact that there isn’t a lot of material left flapping around after it’s adjusted.

The bottles slide easily in and out of the holsters and are secure enough to keep the water from sloshing around in the bottle, even when they are less than half full. Each bottle is molded to fit the shape of your hand so you can hold onto them easily with sweaty palms. The pocket is big enough for my credit card, phone, and keys with room to spare for a few other items. Since my headphones are wireless, I didn’t test the headphone cord opening, but it is pretty rugged looking and was built smart to keep moisture and other debris from entering the pocket. All in all, this belt definitely earns my seal of approval and I will continue to wear it on my long runs.

Essential Information:

  • Pocket fits oversized phones such as the iPhone 6 / 6s Plus
  • Two 10oz, BPA-Free, Squeezable Bottles (included)
  • Headphone cord opening
  • Adjustable Belt
  • Light weight and ergonomic design
  • 100% polyester pocket with a breathable mesh lining
%d bloggers like this: